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2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 113, 1870-71 National Bank Note Company Grilled Issue (Scott 136-140), This original-gum imprint block of four is the only recorded unused multiple of the 12¢ National Bank Note Company Grilled Issue, and one of the most important items of the 1870 to 1888 Bank Note Company issues

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), block of four with bottom "(NATIONAL BANK N)OTE CO. NEW YORK" part imprint, original gum, each stamp shows some grill points with the most noticeable in the top left stamp, bottom stamps with superior centering, rich color in the distinctive shade associated with the grilled issue

PROVENANCE

William H. Crocker, Harmer, Rooke & Co., 11/23-25/1938, lot 243 (as Scott 151), to Y. Souren

H. W. Roach, Bill Lathrop auction, 11/12-13/1946, lot 119 (as Scott 140)

Jay R. Braus, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/16/1974, Sale 449, lot 51

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 331, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

Stanley M. Bierman, M.D. The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors, page 112

Morrison Waud, "An Important Bank Note Collection," Chronicle 83, Aug. 1974, illustrated on page 163

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1974 and 1998)

Accompanied by notarized letter from Lester Brookman, dated March 5, 1954

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$140,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Souren's "Sleeper"--A Block of a Major Rarity

This block has an interesting history. The first owner of record was William H. Crocker. The Crocker family built an empire in the west, which included railroads, banks, insurance and other enterprises. William H. Crocker, president of Crocker National Bank in San Francisco, began collecting U.S. and foreign stamps in 1884 and, by the start of the 20th century, had already assembled a world-class holding. Through acquisitions from the collections formed by Craig, Castle, de Coppet, Ayer, and Worthington, Crocker's collection evolved into what is today still considered one of the greatest worldwide collections ever formed. He died in September 1937. Arrangements were made to sell Crocker's 42-volume collection at auction through Harmer, Rooke & Co., a London-based firm run by Gordon Harmer.

The sale of this block at auction on November 23, 1938, is summed up in the following story, originally published in the The International Stamp Review of 1/4/1939:

An unexpected outcome of the Crocker sale is a discovery of a mint block of four of the 12¢ Dull Violet of the United States grilled series of 1870-71. At the London auction this was described as comprising the non-grilled 12¢ issued in the same year, its catalogue quotation being given as $500. Examination of the block after its arrival in New York disclosed the presence of two vertical rows of grills on three of the stamps and almost a full grill on the fourth, and this established the block as #140 with a catalogue value of $10,000. Its sale price in London was $800.

The block was bought at the Crocker sale by famed dealer Y. Souren. Souren escaped Georgia just ahead of the Bolshevik army, posing as a peasant driving a hay cart. Under the hay was his valuable collection of medieval and primitive clocks and timepieces, which he sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Souren is also famous for buying the unique block of four of the 24¢ 1869 Pictorial Issue invert at the same 1938 auction of the Crocker collection where the block offered here was acquired.

E. 100,000-150,000
160,000
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1793, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue (Scott 134-155)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Unused (no gum), several clear grill points, attractive color, slight soiling, corner crease at bottom left, short perf at upper left, Fine appearance, a rare unused stamp, with 1962 P.F. certificate

17,500
2,300
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 241, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 134-155)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Unused (no gum), intense shade and impression, several clearly evident grill points

FINE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

Aside from the 24c, which does not exist unused, the 12c is the most difficult to obtain unused, in any condition. Probably less than ten exist with original gum, and many of these have faults.

With 1974 P.F. certificate

17,500
5,750
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 242, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 134-155)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Bright shade, several easily discernible grill points at bottom, bold cork cancel, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

With 1995, 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates

3,500
2,700
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 243, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 134-155)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Several easily noticeable grill points, bold strike of grid cancel

VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

With 1994 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates

3,500
2,800
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 244, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 134-155)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Several clear rows of grill points, intense shade, cork cancel, Fine used example of this scarce issue, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate

3,500
1,850
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2018-07-25
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 230, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Clear grill, light strike of crossroads cancel, single repaired perf at right, otherwise Fine

3,500
1,100
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2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 62, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues, 1890-93 Issue12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Unused (no gum), pretty shade on crisp paper, easily discernible grill points

VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1870 NATIONAL GRILLED ISSUE. THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATION OF THE SET TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Aside from the 24c, which does not exist unused, the 12c is the most difficult to obtain unused, in any condition. Probably less than ten exist with original gum, and many of those have faults or are off-center. The stamp here, with clear grill points, rich color, choice centering and in sound condition, is a true condition rarity.

Ex "Laila". With 1991 and 2009 P.F. certificates

14,000
18,500
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The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 196, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Traces of original gum which thinly covers about half the back, evident grill points to the right of Webster's portrait, pastel color

FINE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

Aside from the 24c, which does not exist unused, the 12c is the most difficult to obtain unused, in any condition. Probably less than ten exist with original gum, and many of these have faults.

Signed in pencil "Guaranteed Grilled J.M. Bartels". With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as original gum $32,500.00. Scott Retail as no gum

14,000
6,750
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2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
 
Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2203, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues (Scott 134-218)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Small lightened cancel (appears unused), well-centered, fresh color, Very Fine, with conflicting certificates -- 1991 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates state "genuine with lightened cancel", 2017 P.S.A.G. certificate states "fake grill", offered as is and not subject to further extension, Scott Retail as genuine used

3,500
1,100
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